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Blue Zones: The Healthiest Places on Earth and What You Can Learn from Them3 min read

People live longer in Blue Zones like Okinawa, Japan

Ever wondered what it takes to live longer? Certain populations around the world dedicate their lifestyles to doing just that. Known as “Blue Zones,” these communities have some of the healthiest people who live the longest. They focus on values that reinforce healthy behaviors, like taking time to de-stress and spending time with their families. These Blue Zones are found in Japan, Italy, Costa Rica, Greece and even the United States.

Here’s what you can learn from the Blue Zones around the world.

Okinawa, Japan

The islands of Okinawa are a tropical getaway with beautiful beaches and great weather. As if living in a place like Okinawa isn’t enough, the islands also have a highest ratio of centenarians, or people who are 100+ years old. The secret to their long lives? A low-fat, low-salt diet that includes lots of vegetables, legumes, and seaweed. Okinawans also form regular moais, community social gatherings where they offer each other financial and emotional support to help combat everyday stress.

Sardinia, Italy

On this island in middle of the Mediterranean Sea, the ratio of centenarian men and women is one to one. This is unique compared to the rest of the world, where five times as women live to 100. The Sardinians credit their longevity to clean air and locally-produced wine. However, a key factor for Sardinia being a Blue Zone is their ancient tradition of shepherding livestock from mountains to the plains. These shepherds consume roughly 15 pounds of goat’s milk and sheep’s cheese a year. Sardinians balance out these heavy dairy products with moderate carbs and plenty of fennel, beans, chickpeas, tomatoes, almonds.

Nicoya, Costa Rica

For Blue Zoners in Nicoya, the secret to a long-life life is their diet, which focuses on what is known as the “three sisters” of Mesoamerican agriculture—beans, corn, and squash. Eating these three staples along with papayas, yams, bananas and peach palms are just some of the ways the peninsula produces long living citizens. While this diet may not sound the most enticing, adding in some of these foods to your diet couldn’t hurt for a healthier—and maybe longer—life!

Ikaria, Greece

The key to a long, healthy life on the small island of Ikaria is preparing the right foods in the right way. This may not sound like much, but the people of this island stick closely to a Mediterranean diet, which promotes brain and physical health while keeping diseases at bay. People of Ikaria also eat potatoes, goat’s milk, beans, lentils, honey, wild greens, and small amounts of fish.

Loma Linda, California

Loma Linda is home to a number of Seventh Day Adventists who take some of their lifestyle choices from the Bible. They take time to focus on their faith and avoid activities like smoking, drinking, and watching TV. They also follow a “biblical diet” that focuses on eating nuts, grains, fruits, vegetables and drinking only water. Some people also eat small amounts of meats and fish. When it comes to sugar, the community relies on only natural sources like fruits for their diet. Top choice foods in the community are avocados, oatmeal, nuts, beans, soy milk and whole wheat bread.

Each Blue Zone has something unique to offer. Whether you are looking to change up your current lifestyle and make healthier strides or if you want to live a longer life, taking tips from the cultures of Blue Zones is can be a great starting point.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - October 4, 2017 at 20:19

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The Healthiest Boutique Hotels for 20172 min read

Boutique hotels - Molitor, Paris

Staying in a chain hotel is usually nothing special. Regardless of the city or even the country you’re visiting, you get pretty much the same thing each and every time. Sure, the service is reliable and you can count on clean sheets, but there’s nothing much to get excited about.

Boutique hotels, on the other hand, offer a much more unique experience. They’re usually one-of-a-kind and focus on providing an extra level of service, personal touch, or specific theme. Some are known for their luxury, their relaxing atmosphere, or their dedication to your health and fitness pursuits. You can find ultra-modern to historically accurate boutique hotels – and pretty much everything in between.

The following are some of the best boutique hotels for the summer of 2017. If you’re looking for a healthy vacation with a unique flare, you can’t go wrong with any of the following choices.

Boutique Hotel Vivenda Miranda in Portugal

This former home of a 17th-century noble family is now a boutique hotel focused on your healing and relaxation. Vivenda Miranda hosts regular classes and courses to help you reboot your mind and body. You can take a Tai Chi class in their luxurious gardens or on the shoreline of the Atlantic Ocean, followed by a guided excursion to the nearby Monchique mountains and the famous caves of Ponta da Piedade. All meals are locally sourced to ensure that you’re getting the freshest ingredients while giving back to the local economy.

Wellnesshotel Golf Panorama in Switzerland

The Wellnesshotel Golf Panorama is the perfect boutique for the golf lover – who wouldn’t want to play 27 holes with the majestic Swiss mountains as their backdrop? After a long day on the links, you can relax in luxury while receiving a golf-specific massage designed to get you ready for your next round. When you’ve had enough of the course, arrange for a cycling or Nordic walking tour in the nearby countryside.

Pondoro Game Lodge in South Africa

If seeing the Big Five in Africa – lion, buffalo, elephant, leopard, and rhinoceros – has always been a dream of yours, book your stay at the Pondoro Game Lodge now. It’s perfectly situated in a private game reserve attached to Kruger National Park to put you in touch with all the African bush has to offer. You’ll enjoy twice-daily game drives to spot your favorite wildlife, along with guided nature walks and nighttime stargazing.

Molitor Paris Club & Spa in France

The Molitor Paris Club & Spa was once the city’s most popular swim club. It’s been converted into a swanky boutique hotel focused on four key goals: wellbeing, spa treatments, exercise, and energy. The staff includes experts in a variety of disciplines who will teach guests how to integrate the lessons they learn during their stay into sustainable strategies that will last a lifetime. You’re far enough away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Paris to fully relax – and yet major tourist attractions such as the Eiffel Tower are just a 20-minute cab ride away.

There’s a Perfect Boutique Hotel for You

These are four of our favorites, but there are thousands of boutique hotels around the world just waiting to be explored. If you want to avoid the chains and try something a little different, it’s worth taking a chance on a boutique hotel for your summer vacation this year.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - April 21, 2017 at 21:18

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